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You will not seen another Top 100 like this one. It is a list of names I most commonly saw in birth notices and newspaper stories during 2013, and the numbers are not an absolute tally of sightings of each name – which would have brought on a nervous breakdown – but how many times I saw a particular name in a single week. (So for a name to get a tally of 4, I would have seen two examples within the same week, twice in the year).

These non-unique names are definitely weighted in a particular direction, which explains why they won’t look like the national Top 100 for last year. I counted all variant spellings as a single name, so that the many spellings of names like Marley and Kayden were taken into account.

The papers overwhelmingly reflect what people of European descent name their children, so that Muhammad, which is a Top 100 name, was only seen once in an entire year. Most of the names are from the east coast of Australia, with a concentration in Victoria (Victorians seem much more keen on birth notices), and there is a strong representation from rural, regional and outer suburban areas.

Even so, it came as a surprise how different it looked to the official version – names like Amity and Nash were suddenly in the Top 100, while rising names like Rose and Declan don’t make the cut. I suspect all of us have our own Top 100 in our heads, which is why some people are surprised to find Olivia is a popular name, and wonder why Matthew doesn’t rank higher when they see it everywhere.

This is my personal Top 100 – perhaps not statistically valid, but still worth sharing, I think. How does it compare to your own personal Top 100?

GIRLS                                                          BOYS

  1. Charlotte 134
  2. Sophie 95
  3. Amelia 85
  4. Mia 80
  5. Ava 75
  6. Ruby 72
  7. Chloe 70
  8. Lucy 58
  9. Grace 54
  10. Ella 51
  11. Isla 51
  12. Isabel/Isabelle/Isobel 50
  13. Olivia 50
  14. Lily/Lilly 49
  15. Matilda 46
  16. Zoe 45
  17. Scarlett 44
  18. Madison/Maddison 43
  19. Emily 41
  20. Isabella 39
  21. Evie 37
  22. Ivy 34
  23. Georgia 33
  24. Sofia/Sophia 32
  25. Madeleine/Madeline 26
  26. Annabel/Annabelle 25
  27. Sienna 24
  28. Emma 22
  29. Layla 22
  30. Imogen 20
  31. Summer 20
  32. Addison 19
  33. Hannah 19
  34. Lila 19
  35. Eliza 18
  36. Mackenzie 18
  37. Alexis 17
  38. Harper 17
  39. Stella 17
  40. Abby/Abbey/Abbie 16
  41. Charlee/Charli/Charlie 16
  42. Indiana 16
  43. Maya 16
  44. Michaela/Mikayla 15
  45. Milla 14
  46. Alyssa 12
  47. Hayley 12
  48. Indi/Indie/Indy 12
  49. Jessica 12
  50. Tahlia/Talia 12
  51. Willow 12
  52. Eloise 11
  53. Poppy 11
  54. Savannah 11
  55. Abigail 10
  56. Ellie 10
  57. Elsie 10
  58. Macy 10
  59. Taylor/Tayla 10
  60. Zara 10
  61. Aaliyah 9
  62. Audrey 9
  63. Bella 9
  64. Molly 9
  65. Alannah 8
  66. Claire/Clare 8
  67. Evelyn 8
  68. Kaylee 8
  69. Lacey 8
  70. Marley 8
  71. Paige 8
  72. Phoebe 8
  73. Harriet 7
  74. Heidi 7
  75. Lara 7
  76. Peyton 7
  77. Rachel 7
  78. Violet 7
  79. Amber 6
  80. Aria 6
  81. Holly 6
  82. Lola 6
  83. Mila 6
  84. Pippa 6
  85. Bonnie 5
  86. Eden 5
  87. Lauren 5
  88. Makenna 5
  89. Alice 4
  90. Amity 4
  91. April 4
  92. Caitlin 4
  93. Chelsea 4
  94. Darcy 4
  95. Ebony 4
  96. Elise 4
  97. Elizabeth/Elisabeth 4
  98. Everly 4
  99. Georgie 4
  100. Jade 4
  1. Jack 119
  2. William 113
  3. Thomas 101
  4. Oliver 93
  5. Lachlan 87
  6. Noah 84
  7. Cooper 77
  8. Max 71
  9. Jackson/Jaxon 69
  10. James 68
  11. Henry 60
  12. Harrison 54
  13. Harry 54
  14. Ethan 50
  15. Charlie 49
  16. Flynn 47
  17. Oscar 46
  18. Riley 45
  19. Joshua 44
  20. Lucas 44
  21. Mason 43
  22. Benjamin 42
  23. Liam 40
  24. Jacob 37
  25. Isaac 36
  26. Nate 34
  27. Xavier 34
  28. Archie 32
  29. Hunter 31
  30. Samuel 30
  31. Levi 30
  32. Angus 29
  33. Logan 29
  34. Alexander 28
  35. Hudson 28
  36. Patrick 28
  37. Darcy 25
  38. Mitchell 25
  39. Edward 24
  40. Louis/Lewis 24
  41. Archer 23
  42. Hamish 23
  43. Leo 23
  44. Aidan/Aiden 22
  45. Lincoln 21
  46. Chase 19
  47. Luca 19
  48. Zac 19
  49. Beau 18
  50. Braxton 17
  51. Caleb 17
  52. Sebastian 17
  53. Elijah 16
  54. Connor 15
  55. Toby 14
  56. Daniel 13
  57. George 13
  58. Kobe/Koby 13
  59. Ryan 13
  60. Ashton 12
  61. Austin 12
  62. Finn 12
  63. Blake 11
  64. Kai 11
  65. Nicholas 11
  66. Spencer 11
  67. Nash 10
  68. Ryder 10
  69. Tyler 10
  70. Billy 9
  71. Brody/Brodie 9
  72. Hugo 9
  73. Jake 9
  74. Luke 9
  75. Brayden 8
  76. Caden/Kaden/Kayden 8
  77. Charles 8
  78. Dylan 8
  79. Eli 8
  80. Hayden 8
  81. Maxwell 8
  82. Owen 8
  83. Sam 8
  84. Xander/Zander 8
  85. Axel 7
  86. Jesse 7
  87. Joel 7
  88. Rory 7
  89. Callum 6
  90. Cody 6
  91. Hugh 6
  92. Jimmy 6
  93. Marcus 6
  94. Matthew 6
  95. Michael 6
  96. Rhys/Reece 6
  97. Tom 6
  98. Tyson 6
  99. Zane 6
  100. Anthony 5
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